Birds without a Nest

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"I love the native race with a tender love, and so I have observed its customs closely, enchanted by their simplicity, and, as well, the abjection into which this race is plunged by small-town despots, who, while their names may change, never fail to live up to the epithet of tyrants. They are no other than, in general, the priests, governors, caciques, and mayors." So wrote Clorinda Matto de Turner in Aves sin nido, the first major Spanish American novel to protest the plight ...

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Birds without a Nest: A Novel: A Story of Indian Life and Priestly Oppression in Peru

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"I love the native race with a tender love, and so I have observed its customs closely, enchanted by their simplicity, and, as well, the abjection into which this race is plunged by small-town despots, who, while their names may change, never fail to live up to the epithet of tyrants. They are no other than, in general, the priests, governors, caciques, and mayors." So wrote Clorinda Matto de Turner in Aves sin nido, the first major Spanish American novel to protest the plight of native peoples.

First published in 1889, Birds without a Nest drew fiery protests for its unsparing expose of small town officials, judicial authorities, and priests who oppressed the native peoples of Peru. Matto de Turner was excommunicated by the Catholic Church and burned in effigy. Yet her novel was strongly influential; indeed, Peruvian President Andres Avelino Caceres credited it with stimulating him to pursue needed reforms.

In 1904, the novel was published in a bowdlerized English translation with a modified ending. This edition restores the original ending and the translator's omissions. It will be important reading for all students of the indigenous cultures of South America.

"Much-needed new English-language version of Aves sin nido (1889). Work comprises Lindstrom's excellent introduction to the novel and her emendation of the first English translation (by J.G. Hudson, 1904). Lindstrom explains that she restored and translated author's preface and the other material excised or suppressed by the previous translator; returned chapters to their original order; and, in some instances, made the English more accurate or precise. Highly recommended"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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This emended translation of Latin America's first indigenista novel (Aves sin nido, 1889), written by Peruvian feminist Matto de Turner, is welcome for many reasons.... It deserves a reading now more than ever, as Latin American literature reaches its maturity, and as social struggles in the Hispanic new world continue with the intensity and irresolution of two centuries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292751958
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Series: Texas Pan American Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Author's Preface
Part One
1. The Town of Killac
2. The Yupanqui Family
3. Indian Loans, 500 Per Cent
4. White House
5. Priest and Governor
6. Juan's Return Home
7. Fernando's Gift to Lucia
8. Danger Ahead
9. A Stratagem
10. Rosalia Restored
11. Doña Petronila
12. Marcela Pays the Priest
13. Sold to Rochino
14. The Plot
15. The Assault
16. Hope Renewed
17. Evil Deeds
18. The Indian's Gratefulness
19. Melitona Gleaning News
20. The Burial of Juan
21. Manuel and His Mother
22. The Instigators Interviewed
23. A Secret Revealed
24. A Shot That Missed Its Mark
25. Marcela Follows Juan
26. The Priest's Confession
27. Sebastian's Bad Conscience

Part Two
28. Fernando and the judge
29. Manuel, a Good Teacher
30. Colonel Paredes
31. Tired of Killac
32. No Need of a Warrant
33. The Wrong One Imprisoned
34. Going to Lima
35. Father Pascual's Solitude
36. Talking It Over
37. Fleecing the Indian
38. Margarita and Manuel
39. Doubts, Fears, and Hopes
40. Teodora's Escape
41. The Pursuit
42. Manuel's Birth Veiled
43. The Hide, Then the Flesh
44. A Heroine of Love
45. One Against Five Thousand
46. Fernando Enlightens Lucia
47. Martina Visits Isidro
48. Fernando's Proposal
49. The Departure and Arrest
50. Comments
51. To the Station
52. Manuel Follows
53. The Journey by Rail
54. The Prisoners Released
55. A Terrible Shock
56. Grand Imperial Hotel
57. The Agate Cross
58. Birds without a Nest

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